Administration and Programming of Career Services

At Private, Liberal Arts Institutions

Topics: Career Services, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Internships and Co-Op Programs

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This report examines the administration, funding structures, and programming of career services offices at private, liberal arts institutions. It also explores student use of career services and how institutions evaluate the effectiveness of their career development offices.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Career services staff provide career counseling, skills-building workshops, assistance with job and internship searches, resume and cover letter edits, and networking and alumni programs.

    2. Career services staff rely on social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) and a career services website to advertise programs and facilitate networking between alumni, students, and parents.

    3. Career services offices are led by a director and staff of eight to 15 members; staff work closely with academic and student affairs offices to organize joint programming, and increase event attendance.

    4. Contacts report that students are more likely to visit career services and participate in workshops and events if the offices are located within close physical proximity to heavily trafficked buildings on campus (e.g., library, student center).

    5. Contacts record the number of students served by career services and program attendance; they also track student satisfaction with offerings.